Saturday, September 15, 2012

Parent Handbook

We've been in school for 2 whole weeks! I'm exhausted but loving this group of children:) So this week is our Back to School Night for grades 3-5. I usually do my ABC's of Third Grade but this year I wanted to do something a little different. While on Pinterest browsing I came across this "pin" and thought it would be cute if I made these as well.

Here's the rough draft...
Basically cut and pasted onto blank sheets so I could try
to line everything up right.
Welcome information
Information on how best to contact me and what
the student binders are used for.
Our Daily Schedule
Classroom Management Policy
General Info: Grade Scale, Homework Policy, Classroom Celebrations
I copied them in our school colors, blue and yellow. As you
can see the Communication and Binders tab got cut off.
I'll fix that next year ;)
What do you do for back to school night?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Favorite First Lady Cookie

During the 2008 Election my teammates and I decided to hold an election using the Presidential Cookie Recipes from Family Circle.
Here's a picture of the team election bulletin board.

2nd Grade Election Results
Cookie A Recipe- Michelle Obama
Cookie B Recipe- Cindy McCain
I had such a blast doing this that I had to do it with my 3rd graders in my new school. I've created a document with the recipes and ballots. Last time I had 4 parent volunteers make the cookies and send them in. Each student got one of each cookie and marked their choice on the ballot. They placed the ballots in a ballot box and the teachers tallied them over night. The teachers annouced the winners the next day. *Beware of food allergies!*
Presidential Cookies
Do you think you'll use this idea in your classroom? What other election activities are you doing?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Back to School

I'm back! Teacher work week started last Monday. And Monday-Wednesday the entire third grade team were sitting ducks as our classrooms were still under construction. Thursday morning was the first day we could get into our rooms. Our bulletin boards didn't get put up until Saturday morning and I've worked a total of 42 hours in the last 5 days, (well 4 days, I didn't go in on Sunday) trying to get my classroom ready. My poor fiance has met "back to school Jessica" and I'm hoping he still wants to marry me after seeing me turn into a drill sargent barking orders at him when he came to help me in my classroom.

The Before- Thursday

The After- Monday


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